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Since Gutenberg first perfected movable type in the 15th century, the basic tools and techniques of graphic arts and publishing evolved slowly over the centuries. In the 1980s, however, the introduction of postscript printers, teamed with personal computers and new art and layout software applications, revolutionized the industry. Today, publishing professionals are expected to combine skills in a variety of software applications with traditional design and publishing knowledge. This certificate is for illustrators, designers, art directors, editors, desktop publishers, and others responsible for producing layout and artwork ready to be distributed through a conventional printing process or electronically via the Web. 

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You should be proficient with the Windows or Macintosh operating system. You are required to complete any prerequisites listed for certificate classes. (These classes will not count toward the required 48 hours.) Be sure to check the course descriptions for specific prerequisites.

Certificate Class Requirements

A minimum of 48 hours is required – 12 hours from each of three categories (Desktop Publishing, Image Editing, and Graphics) and 12 additional elective hours chosen from the course list.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the application form and return it with your $25 nonrefundable fee. All classes must be completed through the UMSL Computer Education & Training Center within two years of submitting the application. (Note: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; submitting the application and paying the fee doesn’t guarantee a seat in any class.)

If you have completed one or more of these classes through the Computer Education & Training Center in the 24 months prior to completing your application, they may be applied to this certificate. You can list these classes on your application form. Granting approval for these classes depends on verification of satisfactory completion of each class.

Note: A class can be applied to only one specialized certificate.

Note: You do not have to be enrolled in the Certificate program to take these classes.

Note: You also receive CEUs for successful completion of each class. Students completing the Electronic Art and Publishing Chancellor's Certificate receive at least 4.8 CEUs. The hours completed in these classes will also be applied toward the 96-hour Chancellor's Certificate on the Computer. Other certificates are also available.


Desktop Publishing

(12 hours required)


(12 hours required)

Image Editing

(12 hours required)


(12 hours required) Or complete 12 additional hours from the classes listed within this certificate.

For specific course schedules, please visit the CETC Catalog.  For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.cetc.umsl.edu.